Since 2004, IYF has officially begun the process of cultural exchange for the Chinese residents who are temporarily residing in Korea. As we prepared the '2004 Night of Culture for the Chinese' which was held on December 11th, 2004, and the 'New Years Festival for the Chinese' on New Years in 2005, not only Chinese laborers, but students studying abroad, and public officials, all showed fervent unity.
On 'Chinese Culture Night', cars and people swarmed in from all over the country. We estimated 1000 people to participate, but actually there were around 2,500 attendants who crowded in. The event proceeded in Chinese. Performances included a dance performance from the 'Righteous Family' dance team, an introductory clip of the IYF, and also the welcoming and congratulatory messages. For this event, the Director of Chinese Culture, Chief of Seoul Entry and Departure from the Korea's Administration, Chairman of Korea and China Economic Man Association, the Secretary of the Chinese Cabinet Office, Director of China TV and other eminent persons from various circles attended.
In the first half of the program, there were martial arts demonstrations, Chinese amateur singing contest, followed by Chinese traditional dance performances. Especially during the Chinese amateur singing contest there was a heated competition among the nine people who passed the regional preliminaries. When the master of ceremony asked each contestant about their hometown, they named locations such as Kangsosung, Heuklyongkangsung, and Nemonggo, which were followed by shouts of joy from people of the same hometowns. On the second floor of the performance hall, a law advice corner that was prepared. This became a benefit for the sincere Chinese people where realistic questions and answers were supplied.
People who left the performance halls were happy, commenting joyfully that they would surely attend the next event. China TV showed such great interest and they produced a forty-five minute visual-piece about the day's event, which was telecasted a record five times. It was also telecasted through TV broadcastings in other various regions. Other Chinese magazines like Hwakwang Daily News in Korea attended knowing in advance about the Cultural Night and published news about this event on the front page.